WA Building permits for private swimming pools and pool fences

June 5th, 2024

WA Building permits for private swimming pools and pool fences

Changes commence 21 June 2024

The Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) have developed a Fact Sheet that provides guidance on the requirement for building permits for private swimming pools and fences that form part of their safety barrier (pool fences).

Key Points

From 21 June 2024, most pool fences will not require a building permit. A building permit will only be required where a pool fence:

  • also acts as a fall protection barrier (balustrade) required by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) where people could fall 1m or more; or

  • is constructed of masonry and over 0.75m in height*; or

  • is constructed of a material other than masonry and over 1.8m in height*; or

  • is located in Wind Region C or D (as detailed in AS/NZS 1170.2, as referenced in the BCA)*.

  • A building permit is not required for a private swimming pool or pool fence where they are:

    • erected for a period of one month or less; or

    • located in an exempt area of the State

  • An application for a building permit for a private swimming pool must include documentation that demonstrates how it will comply with the applicable building standards.

SPASA is grateful for the opportunity to advocate via various submissions and meetings with Building and Energy on sensible and practical reforms that lift the safety and proficiency of the swimming pool and spa industry, including reducing pool barrier construction red tape and allowing for workable options, where practicable.

FACT SHEET: Download a detailed review of Building Permits for Swimming Pools HERE.

For more information:
Spiros Dassakis
Chief Policy Officer